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The hog badger (Arctonyx collaris) is a species of badger. They are found in central and southeast Asia. It is listed as near threatened.

Hog badger
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Scientific classification
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Arctonyx
Binomial name
Arctonyx collaris
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Where the Hog badger is found

CharacteristicsEdit

It has medium-length brown hair, stocky body, white throat, two black stripes on face and a pink, pig-like snout. The head-and-body length is 55–70 cm (22–28 in) and it`s body weight is 7–14 kg (15–31 lb).[1]

Its tail has long white hairs. Its front feet have white claws.

Distribution and habitatEdit

Hog badgers are common in Thailand and in tropical evergreen forests and grasslands of the Terai in north-eastern India. They appear in Indochina and in southern China.

Subspecies:[2]

  • Greater hog badger A. c. collaris (Cuvier, 1825) – lives in the eastern Himalayas;[3]
  • Northern hog badger A. c. albogularis – appears in southern China[3]
  • Chinese hog badger A. c. leucolaemus – appears in northern China;[3]
  • Sumatran hog badger A. c. hoevenii – lives in Sumatra;
  • Indochinese hog badger A. c. dictator – lives in southern Thailand and Indochina;[3]
  • Burmese hog badger A. c. consul – appears from Assam to Myanmar.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Boitani, L. (1984). Simon & Schuster's Guide to Mammals. Touchstone. ISBN 978-0-671-42805-1
  2. Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Ellerman J.R. and Morrison-Scott T.C.S. (1966). Checklist of Palaearctic and Indian mammals 1758 to 1946. Second edition. British Museum of Natural History, London. Pages 274–275.